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Ex-head of notorious Romania Communist prison given 20-yrs jail

Bucharest - The former commander of one of the most notorious prisons under Romania's ousted Communist regime was given a 20-year jail term Friday.

Romania labour camp commander given 20-year term

Bucharest - Alexandru Visinescu, who ran one of the most notorious labour camps under Romania's ousted Communist regime, was given a 20-year jail term Friday.

Romanian PM charged in corruption probe

Bucharest - Romanian prosecutors on Monday charged Prime Minister Victor Ponta with several counts of corruption, piling pressure on the embattled politician to resign.

Romanian PM questioned by prosecutors in graft probe

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta was questioned by prosecutors on Monday as part of a corruption probe that has sparked calls for him to resign.

Romanian PM steps down as party leader amid graft probe

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta resigned Sunday as head of the Social Democrat party as he battles corruption charges that have prompted calls for him to step down as government leader.

Two fearless women lead Romania anti-corruption crusade

Bucharest - Two Romanian women are spearheading an unprecedented anti-corruption drive that has made politicians tremble and even challenged the prime minister.

Romanian PM temporarily vacates post for health reasons

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta, who is under investigation for money laundering and tax evasion, announced Sunday he was temporarily stepping aside for health reasons.

Romanian PM survives no-confidence vote amid corruption claims

Bucharest - Romania's parliament on Friday rejected a motion of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Victor Ponta who has been embroiled in a corruption inquiry.

Romania minister quits as PM faces confidence vote

Bucharest - Romania's transport minister resigned Thursday, piling on the troubles for Prime Minister Victor Ponta a day ahead of a vote of confidence in his government and as he battles corruption allegations.

Romania MPs reject lifting premier's immunity for graft probe

Bucharest - Romania's parliament refused Tuesday to lift Prime Minister Victor Ponta's immunity to allow anti-corruption prosecutors to probe him for suspected graft.

Romanian PM backed in graft probe

Bucharest - A Romanian parliamentary committee on Monday ruled against a request from anti-graft prosecutors to proceed with a corruption case against Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

Romania PM calls graft probe 'coup d'etat'

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Sunday called corruption allegations against him tantamount to a "coup d'etat" and again vowed he would not resign.

Romania PM fights resignation push after corruption probe

Bucharest - Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta refused to step down after being hit on Friday by corruption allegations, the highest sitting leader targeted in a long-running anti-graft campaign in one of the EU's poorest nations.

Spanish police rescue girl sold for marriage by parents

Madrid - Spain police said Wednesday they had rescued an 11-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped and beaten after she was sold by her parents for marriage for 17,000 euros ($18,500).

U.S., French forces aid search for hostage taken in Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou - The U.S. and French military are assisting in the search for a Romanian mineworker kidnapped in Burkina Faso and believed to have been taken into Mali, Burkina Faso's security minister has said.

Gunmen kidnap Romanian security guard from Burkina Faso mine

Ouagadougou - Gunmen on Saturday kidnapped a Romanian security officer working at a mine in northern Burkina Faso and fled with him towards the border with Mali, security sources in both countries said.

Romania to expel seven for recruiting for Al-Qaeda, IS

Bucharest - Romania will expel seven foreign nationals accused of recruiting members for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda and propagating their ideas in the eastern European country, officials said Saturday.

Germany open to Schengen talks with EU's poorest nations

Bucharest - Germany on Monday said it was open to talks on allowing Romania and Bulgaria into the passport-free Schengen zone, which has been a delicate subject among European countries.

Alcoholic Russian bears to be moved to Romania for rehabilitation

Sochi - Two alcoholic Russian brown bears who led a sad existence for more than 20 years in a filthy cage may soon have a much better life in Romania. If everything goes as planned, that is.

Ex-Romanian presidential candidate held in corruption probe

Bucharest - A former Romanian presidential candidate was remanded in custody late Tuesday over her alleged role in a corruption scandal involving Microsoft licences that has sucked in a number of high-profile figures, prosecutors said.

Struggling Romanian city symbolises post-communist era

- On the 25th anniversary of the execution of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, life in the small Romanian port town of Zimnicea is defined by poverty, corruption and, remarkably, a yearning for communist days.

Romania's new president urges all out war on corruption

Bucharest - New Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, whose anti-graft platform propelled him to the top job, on Sunday urged politicians to stamp out entrenched corruption in one of Europe's poorest countries.

Romania 'to clear up' allegations over CIA prisons

Bucharest - Romania is "ready to clear up" allegations that the country hosted secret CIA detention centres, the foreign ministry said Tuesday -- though it stressed that Bucharest had "no proof" such prisons existed.

Romanian parliament approves new Ponta cabinet

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta's revamped government sailed through a vote of confidence in parliament Monday on a promise of continued economic growth and improved social programmes.

Romanian PM reshuffles cabinet after poll defeat

Bucharest - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta reshuffled his leftist government Sunday, a month after his surprise defeat in presidential elections.

Op-Ed: Moldova to Putin — In Vino Veritas

Chisinau - Once again a match made in Moscow appears to have failed. Russia may always be a bride’s maid, never a bride, unless the groom is wearing a balaclava and camouflage.

Romania arrests organised crime chief prosecutor over corruption

Bucharest - Romania's chief prosecutor tasked with investigating organised crime and terrorism was on Saturday arrested on corruption charges over a real estate deal alleged to have cost the government over 60 million euros ($75 million), local media reported.

Romania ex-prison boss 'must pay' for deaths: Inmate

Bucharest - The last surviving inmate from a notorious communist-era Romanian prison told a court Wednesday its one-time boss "must pay" for his cruelty at the jail where at least 14 died of cold and hunger.

Romania scraps amnesty seen helping jailed politicians

Bucharest - Romanian lawmakers on Tuesday scrapped a controversial amnesty bill aimed at freeing corrupt politicians from prison, just two days after a presidential election marked by outrage over rampant graft.

Romania's new president vows to tackle corruption

Bucharest - Hours after pulling off Romania's biggest political earthquake since the revolution which overthrew Nicolae Ceausescu, the country's soft-spoken new president followed through Monday on his vow to tackle corruption.
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